Monday, September 20, 2010

Abundance


It was an incredible summer on the farm. Our Tiburon poblano peppers are sized up and surprisingly spicy this year. We sold the first two batches last week and will have more in the weeks to come, along with our Gypsy Bells. The weather remains warm, but the Amaryllis bulbs are all in full bloom, a clear sign that Fall is on its way. Our Lavendula x intermedia "Provence" cuttings from last year are now cranking out flowers. They will go into production next year.

On the home-front, we're squirreling away potatoes, onions, sun dried tomatoes, and cases of plum jelly, pear slices and sauce, tomatillo salsa, and a boatload of tomato sauce. The kittens continue to grow both physically and mentally. They are much more comfortable exploring the property without their mother, and they all seem quite adept at hunting mice, rats and quail. Last week we turned on the timer for the duck's nightlight again to raise the number of hours of light they receive in a day back to 14. Their egg production definitely seems to be benefiting from this change. Our Crimson Sweet watermelons and Cranberry beans are cranking as well.

Most importantly however, Nancy and I are very pleased to announce the birth of our son, Sebastian Alexander. He entered this world at 19.5" & 6 pounds even on 09.18.2010 at 9:26 PM PST. For those of you following your calendars, yes, he was 3 1/2 weeks early, but both mom and baby are healthy and happy, and Estelle is a proud big sister.
Many blessings to All!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Heirlooms & Cats


Our heirloom tomatoes are absolutely cranking this year! Nancy saved all of the seeds from last year and did a fantastic day of meticulously labeling and propagating them. These are some of the big hitters in order of appearance: Paul Robeson, Brandywine (Sudduth's Strain), Japanese Black Trifele, German Pink, Dr. Wyche's Yellow, Gold Medal, and Chocolate Stripes. We split the Gold Medal pictured here for dinner tonight with salt, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It was a meal unto itself. (Use the bottom right button to take the slideshow fullscreen).

The flashbulb on the camera fascinated the kittens, so I got some shots of them while I was documenting tomatoes. Again in order of appearance, Opal (our mommy cat), Casper, Chloe, Luna, and Luna with Bailey the Bunny. We've bunny-sat Bailey for the past month. I was a bit hesitant going into it, but Bailey is a joy to be around. He spends his days on our lawn, gratefully munching on our sunflower and rose clippings, and returns to his small hutch at night. Recently, we quadrupled the size of his daytime run, much to his delight. He does laps about once an hour, and then lies down winded for 15-20 minutes. The kittens are likewise enthralled with Bailey, and he with them.